Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Ecological Dynamics


Professor KONDOH Michio
Campus Aobayama campus
Laboratory Ecological Integration
Tel +81-22-795-6696
E-mail michio.kondo.b8@tohoku.ac.jp
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Born in 1973 in Nagoya, Aichi. Ph.D. (Science) Kyoto University, 2001. Loves science, cooking and reading books in the bath. Like sweets and raman noodles, while not liking ganmodoki, long meetings and static electricity. Awarded with The Young Scientists’ Prize (MEXT, 2013), The Akira Okubo Prize (Society for Mathematical Biology [US] & Japanese Society of Ecology, 2011), The JSMB Young Scholar Award (Japanese Society of Mathematical Biology, 2009), Miyadi Award (Ecological Society of Japan, 2004).


2018 to Present – Professor, Tohoku University
2018 to Present – President (appointed), The eDNA Society
2017 to 2018 – Director, Center for Biodiversity Science, Ryukoku University
2014 to 2018 – Professor, Ryukoku University
2008 to 2014 – Associate Professor, Ryukoku University
2004 to 2008 – Lecturer, Ryukoku University
2001 to 2004 – PD (JSPS), Kyoto University

Selected Publications
  1. M. Ushio, C. Hsieh, R. Masuda, E. R. Deyle, H. Ye, C.-W. Chang, G. Sugihara and M. Kondoh (2018) Fluctuating interaction network and time-varying stability of a natural fish community. Nature  554: 360-363. ( http://rdcu.be/Gt2J)
  2. S. Yamamoto, K. Minami, K. Fukaya, K. Takahashi, H. Sawada, H. Murakami, S. Tsuji, H. Hashizume, S. Kubonaga, T. Horiuchi, M. Hongo, J. Nishida, Y. Okugawa, A. Fujiwara, M. Fukuda, S. Hidaka, K. W. Suzuki, M. Miya, H. Araki, H. Yamanaka, A. Maruyama, K. Miyashita, R. Masuda, T. Minamoto, M. Kondoh (2016) Environmental DNA as a ‘Snapshot’ of Fish Distribution: A Case Study of Japanese Jack Mackerel in Maizuru Bay, Sea of Japan. PLoS One 11: e0149786.
  3. A. Mougi and M. Kondoh (2016) Food-web complexity, meta-community complexity and community stability. Scientific Reports 6: 24478.
  4. A. Mougi and M. Kondoh (2012) Diversity of interaction types and ecological community stability. Science 337: 349-351.
  5. M. Kondoh, S. Kato and Y. Sakato (2010) Food webs are built up with nested subwebs. Ecology 91: 3123-3130.
  6. T. Miki, M. Ushio, S. Fukui and M. Kondoh (2010) Functional diversity of microbial decomposers facilitates plant coexistence in a plant–microbe–soil feedback model. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107: 14251-14256.
  7. M. Kondoh and K. Ninomiya (2009) Food-chain length and adaptive foraging. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. 276: 3113-3121.
  8. M. Kondoh (2008) Building trophic modules into a persistent food web. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105: 16631-16635.
  9. M. Kondoh (2003) Foraging adaptation and the relationship between food-web complexity and stability. Science 299: 1388-1391.
  10. M. Kondoh (2001) Unifying the relationships of species richness to productivity and disturbance. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B 268: 269-271.
Activities in Academic Societies

Ecological Society of Japan, The eDNA Society, Japanese Society of Mathematical Biology, Society for Population Ecology

Theoretical Ecology, Life Science B

Recent Activities

The ecosystem is extremely large and complex, where a number of diverse organisms, and various non-living components, interact with each other to generate the complicated, non-linear dynamics at multiple biological levels. I would like to establish a new discipline in ecology to disentangle the ecological complexity, based sophisticated mathematical or statistical modeling tools, analyses of big field data (such as eDNA, acoustic, visual monitoring data) and lab experiments using artificial ecosystems. Developing a theoretical framework for forecasting, controlling and designing ecological systems is also the on-going hot topic in my lab.

Message to Students

Natural science is not only about exploring the nature. It is about self-expression. It is about communicating about how you see, capture and understand the nature. I am looking forward to doing science with you at Tohoku and establishing a novel school of ecological science there.